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Mayweather-Maidana rematch produces strong gate, PPV numbers

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Sep

When Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights, people pay to see him.

Mayweather’s unanimous decision over Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday generated close to a $15 million gate, according to figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Thursday.

Mayweather-Maidana II sold 14,859 tickets and grossed $14,899,150, with 1,080 tickets going unsold and none given away, ESPN.com reported.

In addition, Mayweather-Maidana also produced 925,000 pay-per-views buys, according to Yahoo!Sports, surpassing the 900,000 for Mayweather’s majority decision over Maidana in May.



Mayweather-Maidana ranks No. 5 on a list of the top 35 boxing gates published on the NSAC website behind Mayweather-Maidana I and ahead of Manny Pacquiao’s eighth-round knockout of Oscar De La Hoya in December 2008.

Mayweather’s majority decision over Canelo Alvarez last September became the highest-grossing boxing event of all time with nearly $150 million in revenue reported, eclipsing the $136 million earned by Mayweather’s 2007 victory over De La Hoya.

Mayweather is worth a reported $420 million, according to Forbes.

Mayweather earned at least a guaranteed purse of $32 million for the fourth time in the rematch against Maidana, who pocketed a career-high guarantee of $3 million.

Mayweather’s $32 million guarantee was the same amount, minus the upside for pay-per-view, that he took home for his initial win over Maidana, who earned at least $1.5 million for their first bout.

The world’s highest-paid athlete, Mayweather earned a career-high guaranteed purse of $41.5 million for defeating Alvarez, and at least $32 million each for his unanimous decisions over Robert Guerrero and Miguel Cotto in May 2013, and, May 2012, respectively.

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